Aurescu: Former Belgian ambassador interviewed as private person, bilateral relations not affected

Former Ambassador of Belgium to Bucharest Philippe Beke (photo) gave an interview on Romania in his personal capacity, after the completion of his term in Bucharest, and as such it does not influence in any way the Romanian-Belgian relations, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu stated on Wednesday.

”In what regards the legal aspects of the declarations made in an interview given by the former Belgian Ambassador, I have informed the Standing Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies regarding the contacting of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The answer of the Belgian Foreign Ministry was that the interview was given after the end of the Belgian Ambassador’s term in Bucharest,” Aurescu declared at the Parliament.

He added that the diplomat had not received clearance from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, therefore the interview “was given in personal capacity.”

”It does not involve nor affect in any way diplomatic relations between Romania and Belgium – which are very good on all levels, equally from an economic and political standpoint and in cultural and academic terms; the inter-parliamentary relations are also outstanding,” Aurescu explained, according to Agerpres.

The minister was invited on Wednesday by the leadership of the Chamber of Deputies to attend talks on immigration and to discuss Beke’s assertion in an interview that “Romania’s Parliament should make politics, not money”.

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